Wrap-up

July 2018 Wrap-Up + State of the ARC! + Summer TBR Wipeout

Another summer month is over. This is almost my last month of freedom before I go back to uni + work and most likely will have much less time to read, so I’m trying to make the best of July and August to reduce my TBR while I can.

I did several reading challenges this month, including a graphic novel readathon. Since graphic novels are usually shorter and have more pictures than text, they are much quicker reads – and that’s how I ended up with over 30 books read in the first half of the month only.

πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ = book has a LGBTQAI+ main character (30)
πŸ“šΒ = books that qualify for the backlist challenge we’re doing with Avery (11 – goal: 3, completed)
🌍 = Around the World in 52 Books on Goodreads (4)
πŸ‘­Β = Sapphic Book Club monthly read (0 – DNF, so technically failed)
🍬 = Candybook Land by Elaine Howlin (5)
β˜„οΈΒ = Sci-Fi July by Kathy (13 – personal goal: 10, completed)
πŸ’₯Β = Graphic Novel Readathon for Books and Tea Club (38 – personal goal: completed)
πŸ¦‰Β = OWL Exams Readathon by Book Roast (12 – personal goal: 12, completed)

As always, I’m linking up with Avalinah’s State of the ARC meme:

State of the ARC is a monthly meme at Avalinah’s Books meant to motivate you to finish up all your long overdue ARCsΒ (Advanced or Early Reader Copies).

State of the ARC has a Goodreads groups ARCs Anonymous.Β Join itΒ here.

And this time, due to the timing I am also linking up with The Candid Cover’s Summer TBR Wipeout instead of making a separate update post.

NetGalley

  • πŸ’₯Β Skin & Earth by Lights: 200 pages. 4🌟
  • πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ Once Upon a Rainbow, Volume Three by multiple authors. 4🌟
  • πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ Cold Like Snow by Sita Bethel: 235 pages. 3🌟 (review to come)
  • DNF: Magic or Die by J.P. Jackson (at around 45%)

Edelweiss

Author

  • πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ“šπŸ¬β˜„οΈΒ Courage is the Price by Lynn E. O’Connacht: 144 pages. 4🌟
  • πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆβ˜„οΈΒ Secondhand Origin Stories by Lee Blauersouth: 364 pages. 4🌟

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Wait, what’s that?! I actually read some author ARCs?? And one for Edelweiss?! That basically never happens! But now I’m comfortably caught up on NetGalley, so I’ll try my best to read the author ones I still have left.

I put two new titles on my bingo chart, and I also listed a few upcoming ARCs I haven’t read that might fit the remaining squares. I hardly ever read nonfiction, but this bingo is for the rest of the year, so I’m sure I’ll find something on NetGalley before December.

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And now for the books that weren’t review copies:

Favourite books this month (more details in the list above):

  • Gale: a queer sci-fi retelling of The Tempest by Shakespeare
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue: historical fiction with a bisexual male lead, biracial male LI, and a sister who wants to be a doctor
  • Shattered Empire: all my favourite Star Wars characters in one graphic novel!
  • Gunnerkrigg Court series: fantasy graphic novel series in a very interesting school
  • A Duke by Default: a romance novel with a black protagonist and a grumpy older LI

Reviews on the blog this month:

Book tags:

Challenges:

Miscellaneous:

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Next month: NEWT exams! This is a reading challenge that has 12 x 3 prompts, which is 36 total, sooo… it’s not likely that I’ll complete every one of them? It would technically be possible with a lot of graphic novel as the above shows, but I kind of read most graphic novels I own this month and several of the NEWT challenges have length requirements.

I’m aiming for 5 x 3 as a minimum, and we’ll see if I can complete any more of that.

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Wrap-up

State of the ARC #11 + June 2018 Wrap-Up

There was a lot going on in June. For one, it was Pride month, so I tried to read as many books with queer MCs as I could – which wasn’t very different from my regular reading, actually. I was also participating in the #Marvel-A-Thon challenge organised by Jamishelves, which is divided into three Phases and has a total of 21 prompts.

Below, I’m going to mark everything with a queer main character with a rainbow flag, and everything read for #Marvel-A-Thon with a lightning bolt. But first, let’s look at the state of my ARCs.

State of the ARC is a monthly meme at Avalinah’s Books meant to motivate you to finish up all your long overdue ARCsΒ (Advanced or Early Reader Copies). You can track your reading progress and link up with your own post. Most commonly it comes out on the 30th of every month.

Rules of State of the ARC:

  • Mention that you’re linking up with State of the ARC @ AvalinahsBooks, which is a fun way to share our ARC progress, challenges, wins, woes and mishaps.
  • Include the link toΒ this post, orΒ the currentΒ State of the ARCΒ post.
  • Don’t forget to visit all the other people in the link-up and comment.
  • And most importantly – have fun!

State of the ARC has a Goodreads groups ARCs Anonymous.Β Join itΒ here.

NetGalley

  • βš‘Β πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ Into the Mystic, Volume 3 by NineStar Press: 213 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (anthology of sapphic paranormal stories)
  • ⚑ Free Chocolate by Amber Royer: 400 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (soap opera in space!)
  • βš‘Β πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ The Art of Escaping by Erin Callahan: 320 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟(a teenage girl wants to be an escape artist)
  • ⚑ The Freeze-Frame Revolution by Peter Watts: 192 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (a sci-fi novella about artificial intelligence)
  • βš‘Β πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ Omen Operation by Taylor Brooke:Β  306 pages 🌟🌟🌟 (FOUR queer main characters)
  • βš‘Β πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ You’re You by Mette Bach: 184 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (a contemporary about questioning your sexuality)
  • πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara: 336 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (bisexual pirates!) (review to come in July)

Author

  • βš‘Β πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ Baker Thief by Claudie Arseneault: 424 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • βš‘Β πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ Broad Knowledge edited by Joanne Merriam: 365 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • DNF: Sharp & Sugar Tooth

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(The lesson is that I’m still horrible with my author ARCs. I have three that I received back in MARCH! Yikes. I hope to finally read and review those in July.)

Avalinah also has a bingo chart that you can try to fill with your ARCs until the end of the year! I’ve already completed some of the chart just this month, but I still have a few to go, and some of these (nonfiction, for example) will be pretty difficult.

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With the ARCs out of the way, here’s a list of everything else I read this month:

  • πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ Sugarplum,Β Ocean Deep, Wolf Blood & on the border by Darshana Suresh: 8, 29, 24 and 17 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (wonderful poetry collections)
  • βš‘Β πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ Goldie Vance Vol. 1 by Hope Larson: 112 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (graphic novel about a teenage detective)
  • βš‘Β πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ DC Comics: Bombshells Vol. 1: Enlisted by Marguerite Bennett: 200 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (queer women punching Nazis!!)
  • Goldie Vance Vol. 2 by Hope Larson: 112 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • βš‘Β πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan: 432 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (my beautiful genderfluid child is BACK)
  • βš‘Β πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ Coady and the Creepies by Liz Prince: 112 pages 🌟🌟🌟 (triplet girls are in a popular punk band, only one of them is a ghost)
  • Star Wars: Lando – Double or Nothing #1 by Rodney Barnes: 21 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Skyward #1-#2 by Joe Henderson: 62 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • βš‘Β πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson: 224 pages 🌟🌟🌟
  • βš‘Β πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ Loki: Agent of Asgard Vol. 1: Trust Me by Al Ewing: 120 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • The Island by Peter Watts: 76 pages 🌟🌟🌟
  • βš‘Β πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ Lumberjanes Vol. 1 by Noelle Stevenson: 128 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • ⚑ Star Wars: Lando by Charles Soule: 112 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • ⚑ Brave Chef Brianna by Sam Sykes: 112 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Hotshot by Peter Watts: 23 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • βš‘Β πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ Blackout by Kit Mallory: 345 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • βš‘Β πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann: 304 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • βš‘Β πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ Β The Origins of Heartbreak by Cara Malone: 230 pages 🌟🌟
  • When Magic Sleeps by Tera Lynn Childs: 41 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • The End of the World is Better with Friends by M.G. Herron: 42 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • ⚑ Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor: 349 pages  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

There weren’t many 5-star reads this month, but Akata Witch was great.

Non-review posts on the blog:

How did your June go? What was your favourite book this month?

~ Alexa

Wrap-up

State of the ARC #10 + May 2018 Wrap-Up

I managed to read a lot of books this month, and then towards the end of May I started reading short stories I downloaded forever ago because my “owned and unread” shelf has gotten completely out of hand. So, all in all, May was a pretty good month reading-wise.

May was also the month of my entrance exams, which went pretty well, so fingers crossed that I’ll be accepted back to university, starting next September. If that happens, I’ll definitely have less time to read, so I’ll just need to do my best to reduce my TBR until then. πŸ™‚

Let’s start with looking at the ARCs I read.

State of the ARC is a monthly meme at Avalinah’s Books meant to motivate you to finish up all your long overdue ARCsΒ (Advanced or Early Reader Copies). You can track your reading progress and link up with your own post. Most commonly it comes out on the 30th of every month.

Rules of State of the ARC:

  • Mention that you’re linking up with State of the ARC @ AvalinahsBooks, which is a fun way to share our ARC progress, challenges, wins, woes and mishaps.
  • Include the link to this post, or the currentΒ State of the ARCΒ post.
  • Don’t forget to visit all the other people in the link-up and comment.
  • And most importantly – have fun!

State of the ARC has a Goodreads groups ARCs Anonymous.Β Join itΒ here.

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I managed to read 11 ARCs this month! Ten of these were for NetGalley, and only one was an author ARC… which is sad, because I’m really behind on my author ARCs. In fact, I have three of them that I received in March, which is now three months ago. Oops?

That being said, I’m doing well with my NetGalley and Edelweiss ARCs – only one is overdue, three are due in June, and all the others are due in July, August, or even later. Plenty of time to read and review those ones.

So, my books read this month are:

  • Tone of Voice by Kaia SΓΈnderby: 384 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (sequel to Failure to Communicate, sci-fi with #ownvoices autistic & bisexual protag)
  • A Graveyard Visible by Steve Conoboy: 312 pages 🌟🌟 – NetGalley ARC (horror with teenage protagonists)
  • The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill: 72 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (adorable fantasy graphic novel with f/f and m/m ships)
  • Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope: 384 pages 🌟🌟🌟 – NetGalley ARC (m/f fantasy with black protagonist)
  • The Boy From Tomorrow by Camille DeAngelis: 268 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 – NetGalley ARC (MG time travel book)
  • The Cage by A.M. Dellamonica: 32 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (f/f short story with werewolves)
  • All Systems Red by Martha Wells: 156 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (android protagonist)
  • Artificial Condition by Martha Wells: 160 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 – NetGalley ARC (android protagonist)
  • The Girl and the Grove by Eric Smith: 320 pages🌟🌟🌟🌟 – NetGalley ARC (m/f YA contemporary, #ownvoices adopted MC)
  • Crimson Ash by Haley Sulich: 317 pages 🌟🌟 – NetGalley ARC (apocalyptic YA with m/f and f/f ships)
  • Spectacle Vol 1. by Megan Rose Gedris: 136 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 – NetGalley ARC (graphic novel about twins, paranormal)
  • The Princess Deception by Nell Stark: 290 pages 🌟🌟🌟 – NetGalley ARC (f/f contemporary with royalty romance)
  • Periphery by J.W. Ferguson: unknown pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟 – Author ARC (sci-fi with m/m and f/f main ships)
  • Certain Requirements by Elinor Zimmerman: 266 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟 – NetGalley ARC (f/f contemporary adult BDSM erotica)
  • The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang: 544 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 – NetGalley ARC (adult fantasy)

And then, the end-of-the-month short story/comics reading spree:

  • The Power Plant by Charles W. Harvey: 25 pages 🌟🌟🌟 (mlm main, no ship)
  • Our Big Gay Affair by Randi Luxe: 26 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (m/m age gap)
  • The Christmas Curse by Ruby Moone: 25 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (m/m Christmas shifter romance)
  • Coffee Shops and Condoms by Eden Winters: 28 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (m/m teenage boys)
  • Ace of Squids by Elliot Cooper: 25 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (m/m Lovecraftian horror)
  • The Scrape of Tooth and Bone by Ada Hoffman: 25 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (f/f #ownvoices autistic, steampunk-ish)
  • Lucifer’s Fall by A.J. Flowers: 21 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (non-romance with angels, prequel)
  • Winter Wren by Miranda Honfleur: 34 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (m/f fantasy)
  • Chasing Christmas Past by Melanie Karsak: 30 pages 🌟🌟🌟 (m/f steampunk prequel)
  • A Night At The Mall by M. Hollis: 33 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (f/f contemporary)
  • Saint Brig by Ian Lewis: 37 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (m/m contemporary, homelessness)
  • Return from Exile by Ron C. Nieto: 36 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (prequel with fallen angels)
  • Back From The Edge by K.C. Wells: 36 pages 🌟🌟🌟 (m/m contemporary with older men, tw for abusive mother, cancer, suicide attempt)
  • Twist of the Magi by Carlen J. Werlinger: 38 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (f/f contemporary Christmas story)
  • Mech Cadet Yu #1 by Greg Park: 25 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (graphic novel, big robots bond with kids)
  • Fence #1 by C.S. Pacat: 24 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟(graphic novel, m/m sports romance, fencing)
  • Mega Princess #1 by Kelly Thompson: 28 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (MG fantasy graphic novel)
  • Misfit City #1 by Kirsten Smith: 25 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (graphic novel, all-girl cast, mystery)
  • Revelations by Ariel Tachna: 48 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (m/m/m polyamorous millitary romance, prequel)
  • Dodge City #1 by Josh Trujillo: 28 pages 🌟🌟🌟 (sports graphic novel)
  • Heavy Vinyl/Hi-Fi Fight Club #1 by Carly Usdin: 28 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (f/f contemporary graphic novel, girl fight club)
  • Not Alone by M.G. Herron: 39 pages 🌟🌟🌟 (sci-fi short story with aliens, male protagonist)
  • A Most Unusual Kidnapping by J.C. Long: 40 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (m/m sci-fi short story)

With these, I actually completed my Goodreads challenge of 100 books, so I increased it to 150 books.

Non-review posts on the blog:

Total number of books read in May: 38 (12 without any short stories or graphic novels)
Total number of pages read in May: 4,345

Books read for Around the Year in 52 books: 4 (35 total)
Books read for Lesbian Book Bingo: 2 (14 total)

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Current number of owned-and-unread books: 428

The problem is that I never mark the ARCs “owned and unread”, and I mostly read ARCs, which is why that number is only ever increasing… This is tough.

How was your May? Talk to me about it in the comments.

~ Alexa

Wrap-up

April 2018 Wrap-Up

Another month is over, so time for the wrap-up post! I read fewer books than last month, but that isn’t very surprising: my March stats were really an exception to the rule, and not the rule itself.

I already posted this month’s State of the ARC earlier – I was thinking of combining these two posts, but it would have been too long, so have them separately.

39887360April was also when we held Rainbow Week here in Szeged, the city where I live – a week with plenty of queer events around town, including a book release, a living library (an event where a “book” is a living, marginalised person who tells you about their life), a concert and others. I am lucky to live in a city with a relatively active LGBTQ+ organisation and events, because unfortunately these are still rare in Hungary. Now I just wish we had more events centering asexual and nonbinary people, but unfortunately there seems to be little interest or knowledge of these identities outside the capital.

Huh! After that short real-life detour, let’s get back to the books πŸ™‚ Page numbers are difficult sometimes when Goodreads doesn’t list them, because the app I use to read them doesn’t show it properly either…

Books read this month:

Non-review posts on the blog:

Bonus: Some cool articles and lists by other people I found this month that you should check out!

Total number of books read in April: 9
Total number of pages read in April: 1,663 (this number is super inaccurate because there are two books where I don’t know the page numbers, so my actual reading is a little above 2000 pages if I assume both were around ~240)

Books read for Around the Year in 52 Books challenge: 2 this month (31 total)
Books read for Lesbian Book Bingo: 1 this month (12 total)

Current number of “owned and unread” books: 396 (March: 380) — How does this number just keep reading?!

As you can see, I haven’t read as many books this month as I usually do (I read 15 and 14 in January and February), but I posted several book tags instead.

I hope you enjoyed the month of April, and if you’re here, please leave a comment telling me your favourite thing about spring! Or if you don’t like spring, then something about your favourite season πŸ˜‰ Mine is the scent of flowers everywhere when you walk outside.

~ Alexa

Readathon/Bingo · Wrap-up

#IndieAthon and March 2018 Wrap-up

This month was IndieAthon hosted by Lia, which was an amazing idea and which, frankly, made me read a scary amount of books. Sure, many of them were poetry collections or novellas, but wow. Trust me, I’m as astonished as you are. (In all honesty, I did little else but read this month – that’s the privilege of having no school, no work, and no social life for you.)

If you remember, I had a TBR for this challenge… which I ended up not really following. In fact, only 13Β of the 25 books I read for the challenge were in my original plan.

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Read for the IndieAthon bingo:

  • Villains Don’t Date Heroes! by Mia Archer: 309 pages (#IndieAthon square: First in a series) 🌟🌟
  • Caroline’s Heart by Austin Chant: 96 pages (#IndieAthon square: Recommended to you) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • But Not Up Here by RoAnna Sylver: 28 pages (#IndieAthon square: Genre you don’t read often) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Damsel to the RescueΒ byΒ Kaia SΓΈnderby: 337 pages (#IndieAthon square: <100 adds on Goodreads) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Testing Pandora byΒ Kaia SΓΈnderby: 166 pages (#IndieAthon square: Person on cover) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee: 296 pages (#IndieAthon square: POC MC) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • nejma by Nayyirah Waheed: 180 pages (#IndieAthon square: 1-word title) 🌟🌟🌟
  • Ice Massacre by Tiana Warner: 375 pages (#IndieAthon square: Your initials) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Stake Sauce, Arc 1 by RoAnna Sylver: 193 pages (#IndieAthon square: Mental health) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • salt by Nayyirah Waheed: 259 pages (#IndieAthon square: 5+ years old) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Cheerleaders from Planet X by Lyssa Chiavari: 272 pages (#IndieAthon square: Cover love) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • ARC: It’s Not a Date by Heather Blackmore: 273 pages (#IndieAthon square: New release) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Transcendent 2: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction edited by Bogi TakΓ‘cs: 239 pages (#IndieAthon square: Free space) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Queerly Loving: Volume 1 edited by G. Benson and Astrid Ohletz: 154 pages (#IndieAthon square: LGBTQAI+) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • ARC: Lost Boy, Found Boy by Jenn Polish: ~83 pagesΒ (#IndieAthon square: Never heard of) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • The Traitor’s Tunnel by C.M. Spivey: 110 pages (#IndieAthon square: Backlist) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Ripped Pages by M. Hollis: 60 pages (#IndieAthon square: Retelling) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • The White Renegade by Claudie Arseneault: 100 pages (#IndieAthon square: Red cover) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Major Arcana by RoAnna Sylver: 39 pages (#IndieAthon square: Magical) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Smoke Signals by Meredith Katz: 83 pages (#IndieAthon square: <200 pages) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things by Martina McAtee: 510 pages (#IndieAthon square: >500 pages) 🌟🌟🌟
  • ARC: Flotsam by R.J. Theodore: 324 pages (#IndieAthon square: Free) 🌟🌟🌟
  • Heaven or This by Topaz Winters: 28 pages (#IndieAthon square: Reread) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Failure to Communicate by Kaia SΓΈnderby: 320 pages (#IndieAthon square: #ownvoices) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Semicolon; by McKayla Debonis: 70 pages (#IndieAthon square: Poetry) 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Everything else read:

  • ARC: Queerly Loving: Volume 2 edited by G. Benson and Astrid Ohletz: 159 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • ARC: The Radical Element edited by Jessica Spotswood: 320 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Seven Years Among Dragons by Lyssa Chiavari: 36 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • ARC: Dracula: Rise of the Beast edited by David Thomas Moore: 381 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni: 64 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

35671549Total number of books* read in March: 30 (February: 14)
Total number of pages* read in March: 5781 (February: 2654)

*including poetry collections, short stories, novellas and graphic novels.

Books read for Around the Year in 52 books: 12 this month (29 total)
Books read for Lesbian Book Bingo: 4 this month (11 total)

Current number of “owned-and-unread” books: 380 (February: 345)

(You can find all my reviews on my Goodreads page as well, including “reviews” that are only a few sentences and too short to be posted on this blog. Feel free to add me as a friend!)

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So… that’s everything I read! I included page numbers so you don’t think all of them were full-length novels (although I don’t have a proper page number for Lost Boy, Found Boy, so I gave an estimate and didn’t include it in the page total). Also, nejma and salt are both poetry collections, so take the page number with a grain of salt, since most of the pages only had a couple of lines or even just one word on them.

Still, I’d say this was a pretty impressive month, and most of it is thanks to IndieAthon and my determination to finish the damn bingo sheet.

Also… I read 30 books this month, and YET acquired 35 new books?! … I’ll never get rid of my TBR at this rate.

Lastly, let me recommend some indie books that I wanted to read this month but couldn’t fit into the schedule:

  • Empath by S. Usher Evans
  • Sea Foam and Silence by Lynn E. O’Connacht
  • City of Strife + City of Betrayal by Claudie Arseneault
  • Viral Airwaves by Claudie Arseneault
  • No More Heroes by Michelle Kan
  • Secondhand Origin Stories by Lee Blauersouth
  • Anything published by the Kraken Collective

Do you often read indie or self-published books? Did you read any this month? Tell me about them!

~ Alexa

Wrap-up

January 2018 Wrap-up

I posted my January wrap-up for the Around the Year in 52 Books challenge on the 29th of January, and then I had to edit it TWICE because I still finished like 3 books in the last three days. Which is why you guys are getting this post on the 1st of February.

(You may notice that several books from my January TBR are Not On This List, but I trust you’ll be polite and not mention it. Hey, I still read a lot! Just not exactly what I planned.)

In the end, I managed to read 16 books (including some short stories) in January, so I decided to be brave and changed my yearly challenge to 100 books! I also managed to fit 9 of these stories into the Around the Year in 52 Books challenge, so I have a nice headstart πŸ™‚

Instead of just listing those 16 books, have some highlights:

33623041My favourite book of the month was The Lifeline Signal, the sequel to Chameleon Moon – and this was also the month when I finally read Life Within Parole, a collection of short stories taking place in the same universe. If you follow me on Twitter or read some of my other posts here, you might already know that I adore every single story and character in this universe, and the Lifeline Signal did not disappoint. In fact, I loved it so much that I’m running a giveaway for it on my Twitter!

Unfortunately, I read some books this month that I really didn’t enjoy, but for the sake of being polite I’m not going to list them. Instead, let me recommend The Cybernetic Tea Shop by Meredith Katz, an absolutely wonderful 65-page story about an android who runs a 300-year-old tea shop, and a mechanic who just can’t stay in the same place for long. This is also an f/f romance with one of the women being ace!

This month, I also “read” my first audiobook in several years, Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds – a story about a teenage boy whose brother was murdered, all taking place in one minute. While I enjoyed the story itself, I unfortunately realised that I really don’t have the attention span for audiobooks for the same reason I can’t handle podcasts – without at least some kind of visual (and preferably written lyrics/subtitles) I just can’t concentrate. So I won’t be doing the audiobook thing again.

36658662Right now, I’m reading (and this sort of counts because I started it in January!) Time Will Tell, an f/f romance with time travel, that I’m really enjoying so far. The (right now) friendship between the two characters is supportive, beautiful and really refreshing to read.

While not book-related, another January thing that happened is that I made some progress in figuring out my gender identity, and while it’s still a little confusing, I decided to use e/em/eir pronouns in addition to she/her. So you can use either of those for me. ❀

 

What were some of your favourite reads in January? What are you looking forward to reading in February?

~ Alexa